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Dead Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The footage from Thursday on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as councilor Volodymyr Rybak is manhandled by several men,…
S. Korea ferry turned further than ordered, professor says
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear. Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing.
Memorial for S. Korea ferry victims opens in Ansan
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:45
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures. The temporary memorial opened Wednesday in Ansan, the city south of Seoul that has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left…
Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:31
By Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from…
Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:31
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) before bilateral talks Thursday. Obama also will be the honored guest at a state dinner. The situation in Eastern Europe remains…
Awaiting Obama in Asia: Issues of security and trade
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:00
A series of crises, both foreign and domestic, have pulled President Obama's attention away from a intended "pivot" to focus on Asia. With a weeklong trip that will cover Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the president hopes to get back on track with this oft-overshadowed part of the foreign policy agenda. "We increasingly see our top priorities as tied to Asia, whether it's accessing new markets or promoting exports, or protecting our security…
Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:30
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the ferry Sewol as it went down, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead, most…
Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:15
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. With the entire climbing season increasingly thrown into doubt, the government quickly announced that top tourism officials would fly to base camp Thursday to negotiate with the Sherpas and encourage them to return to…
Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 02:15
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. The question: Will it be enough? Nearly seven months after he cancelled an Asia tour due to the U.S. government shutdown, Obama's failure to prevent Russia from annexing Crimea has sharpened concerns that…
Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage signature Pacific trade pact
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:15